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Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike & (optional) Indian veggie dinner afterward

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Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

Jefferson Blvd and Hetzler Rd · Culver City, CA

How to find us

Meet at the big concrete sign that says "Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook" on Jefferson Blvd.

Location image of event venue

Details

Take 2 hours, climb the 300 stairs or take the switch-back trails to the top--we get a 360 degree view from Downtown L.A. to Malibu to Palos Verdes and can watch the sunset. (There are three routes to the top: the stairs, the switchback trail, and Hetzler Road.) Then we explore the various trails on the hilltop.

MEET: Lots of cool people who've recently discovered this park, which opened 2 years ago.

WHERE: The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, located on Jefferson Blvd a half mile west of La Cienega Blvd.

MEET WHERE?: at the intersection of Jefferson and Hetzler road. There is a big entrance sign to the park there saying "BALDWIN HILLS SCENIC OVERLOOK".

DINNER AFTERWARD (at 8:45): at the vegetarian Indian restaurant called Bawarchi a mile away located at the southwest corner of Venice Blvd. and Motor Avenue. For ($9, more than you can probably eat, Come hungry, leave full). (Directions: from the Overlook, go south-west on Jefferson, Turn right at the first signal, Duquesne Avenue, then go north 1/2 mile to Venice Blvd and turn left. Go a few blocks west and turn left at Motor Avenue. Bawarchi is in a mini-shopping center with a Donut shop on the corner.)

A PRINTABLE MAP IS HERE:

http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/8/b/c/f/highres_36035791.jpeg

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PHOTOS OF THIS HIKE, COURTESY OF PUCK: http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=1533011

MORE PHOTOS:
http://picasaweb.google.com/Rare.Earth.fotos/BaldwinHillsScenicOverlookGrandOpening

http://picasaweb.google.com/hikingla/BALDWINHILLSSCENICOVERLOOK

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ALSO CHECK OUT REX'S MEETUP HIKES CALENDAR: 36 GROUPS' HIKES ALL IN ONE PLACE: http://lameetuphikes.blogspot.com (http://lameetuphikes.blogspot.com/)

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OTHER DETAILS:

NO DOGS. State Park rules forbid any dogs, even if on leash.

PARKING: is free if you park on Jefferson. (You can also drive to the top of the overlook and pay at the State's parking lot. At the top is a visitor's center which so far is only open on weekends. HOWEVER, THAT MEANS YOU WILL MISS SEEING THE REST OF US HUFF AND PUFF!)

FREEWAY DIRECTIONS: the closest freeway to this hike is the 10. Take the La Cienega Blvd offramp and go south 1/2 mile to Rodeo Road (just past the Target store). Turn Right. The road forks soon becoming Jefferson Blvd., and take the left fork. Go west 1/4 mile until you see the undeveloped hillside on the left (south) side of the road. There's a big concrete State Parks department sign there, saying "Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook"..

YOUR HIKE LEADER: is also somewhat of an expert on local history, environmental battles and native plants, (so if you are looking for advice on drought tolerant native plants and wildflowers or suing developers to save open spaces, come on this hike)! You can see my blog at http://rare-earth-news.blogspot.com (http://rare-earth-news.blogspot.com/) for stories on new parkland purchases and other environmental battles.

COOLNESS: The Scenic Overlook is part of a larger effort by the State and L.A. County to buy up the old oil fields and turn the entire undeveloped remains of the Baldwin Hills into a 1000 acre park.
I posted more about this here: http://rare-earth-news.blogspot.com/search/label/Baldwin%20Hills

BRING WATER, COMFORTABLE SHOES, MAYBE A HAT IF IT'S HOT...

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PRINTABLE MAP OF PARKING LOCATION AND TRAILS: http://photos4.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/4/2/e/7/highres_17837127.jpeg

For an enlargeable google map:
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?t=h&hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&ll=34.018269,-118.379509&spn=0.015438,0.032938&z=16&msid=101689764096842350298.00048e26dcc8191e8a589